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Rape charges against Utah high school teacher

Those accused of sex crimes here in Utah can have irreparable damage done to their reputation. Charges of this nature are very serious and can carry severe penalties, including jail time if the accused is found guilty. One Utah high school teacher accused of rape and other charges will likely face these issues and have his reputation tarnished, even if he is found not guilty.

The man is accused of several counts of rape and sexual abuse. These charges are in connection to a 17-year-old student at his school that authorities say the teacher admitted to having a sexual relationship with. The police allege they were tipped off by an undisclosed third party who claims to have seen a questionable text message between the teacher and the teen. Both the teacher and the teen were questioned and the man was arrested.

The teacher decided to relinquish his rights to a hearing and pleaded not guilty to every charge. There is no word on why he made that decision, though it is his right to do so, as with any case of this nature. He was initially put on leave by his school, but is now no longer employed there.

Felony charges -- like the ones in this case -- can have dire consequences for a person’s future, including incarceration. Since this man is a teacher, rape charges like this could affect his prospects for future employment here in Utah and elsewhere. However, no matter the severity of the accusations made, a defendant is always innocent until proven guilty, and the burden of proof remains squarely on the shoulders of prosecutors.

Source: heraldextra.com, "Former Provo High teacher headed to trial on sex abuse charges", Paige Fieldsted, May 15, 2014

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